Whats a good thesis for the internal conflects in Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Banquo?

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your thesis always depends on the approach you take, of course, so it depends on what you want to say about the three characters in Macbeth

I assume you want to tie the three together somehow.  On the surface at least, this seems difficult because the internal conflicts the three suffer from are different.  Lady Macbeth and Macbeth suffer from much the same thoughts, but Banquo's internal conflict is quite different.

At the same time, the internal conflicts all stem from the same event:  the predictions by the witches.  Macbeth is predicted to be king, which leads he and his wife to assassinate Duncan, which leads to their internal conflicts.  Banquo's heirs are predicted to be kings, and that leads to his internal conflicts.  The conflicts are very different, but they do stem from the same event. 

That said, a sample thesis or two follow:

  • The witches' predictions lead not only to internal conflicts for Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, but also to internal conflicts for Banquo. 
  • Macbeth and Lady Macbeth are not the only characters in Shakespeare's Macbeth that suffer from internal conflicts.  Banquo also suffers in a similar manner, though not to the extremes that the Macbeths do. 

I could help you more, and more specifically, if I knew more about your approach.  Feel free to email me if you want to.